Meet Our Faculty

Kathleen McInerney, Ph.D.

Kathleen McinerneyAssociate Professor

Email: mcinerney@sxu.edu

Areas of Specialization

Literacy and Culture; English as a Second/Foreign Language and Dual Language Education; Education Technology and Digital Literacies; Migration Literatures; Multicultural Education; Sociolinguistics; Critical, Feminist Pedagogies


Kathleen McInerney holds a doctorate in language, literacy and culture from the University of Iowa. Along the way, she has gained much experience with and researched ESL, EFL and dual language teaching with a focus on the social contexts affecting emergent bilingual learners and their families. She has taught preK-graduate students and also teaches a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate course in the summers in Cuenca, Ecuador. She helped to found a tri-lingual children's school in Cuenca, and she provides professional development to teachers of English in the U.S. and in Ecuador. Kathleen’s current interests include building global communities of practice through technology and empowering teachers as critical agents of change and social justice.

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

McInerney currently is writing a chapter on families and communities as curriculum for the forthcoming book, The Sage Guide to Curriculum in Education.

Recent publications include:

McInerney, K. (2011). Teaching and learning in GYO: "Beloved community." In Skinner, E., Garretón, M., and Schultz, B. (Eds.) Grow your own teachers: Grassroots change for teacher education (pp.119-130). NY: Teachers College Press.

Horn, S., Konkol, P., McInerney, K., Meiners, E., North, C., Nunez, I., Quinn, T., Sullivan, S. (2010). Visibility matters: Policy work as activism in teacher education. Issues in Teacher Education, California Council on Teacher Education 19(2), 65-80.

Ebest, S. and McInerney, K. (Eds.). (2008). Too smart to be sentimental: Contemporary Irish-American women writers. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.

McInerney, K. (2007). Local cultures, language politics and service learning in the TEFL certificate course abroad: One approach in the Ecuadorian Andes. In McGarrell, H. (Ed.). Language research in the Americas, (pp. 125-137). NY: TESOL Press.